Africa in Motion was initiated and is organised and managed by Stop and Stir Arts Ltd, a small Edinburgh-based not-for-profit company. The company grew out of its founders' passion for and interest in African film and a strong desire to make marginalised and under-represented art more widely available to Scottish audiences.

Founding directors

  • Lizelle Bisschoff: Festival Director
  • Melissa Trachtenberg: Festival Co-director

Board of Advisors

AiM's Board of Advisors provides specialist advice on the organisation of the event. The Board consists of:

  • Mark Cousins: High-profile Film Critic and author of The Story of Film (2004)
  • David Murphy: Senior Lecturer at the University of Stirling's School of Languages, Cultures and Religions
  • Paul Nugent: Professor of Comparative African History and Director of the University of Edinburgh's Centre of African Studies
  • Noe Mendelle: Head of Film and TV at the Edinburgh College of Art and Director of the Scottish Documentary Institute
  • Andrew Lawrence: Lecturer in Comparative Politics and African Studies at the University of Edinburgh's Centre of African Studies

Staff and Volunteers:

Africa in Motion is dependent on the support of a number of committed part-time staff and volunteers:

  • Vale Benson: Synopsis writing
  • Kofi Boateng: Film selections
  • Anna Devine: Opening event and sponsorship
  • Kirsty Dickson: Press Officer
  • Claire Hall: Opening event organisation
  • Dan Hammett: Film selections, photography and exhibition planning
  • Charlotte Hastings: Database management and academic event planning
  • Leila Kardan: Opening event organisation
  • Avril Kunzel: Music events
  • Louis Minnaar: Exhibition planning, film selections and synopsis writing
  • Mara Menzies: Opening event
  • Kari Ann Shiff : Film selections and invitees
  • Leo Wood: Press Officer
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  AiM is funded by

Scottish ScreenThe Carnegie Trust for the Universities of ScotlandAwards For AllUniversity of EdinburghCentre Of African Studies
South African High Commission - United KingdomJubilee ScotlandGlobal Concerns TrustChallenges WorldwideUniversity of Stirling
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